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How were witches tried in the Salem witch trials?


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2011-07-26 17:28:19
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Sometimes they would tie the accused witch to a boulder and drop them into water. If they floated, they were a witch and if they sunk they weren't. Of course either way they died.

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The accused in Salem never underwent the traditional witch tests of Europe. The court would not allow it. The Salem witches were tried by a panel of judges that also served as jury. The evidence and witness testimony, the afflicted's accusations, were brought up and the accused had to defend themselves.


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Twenty people were executed as witches in the Salem witch trials, but they were all innocent. There were no actual witches.

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They didn't. The traditional witch tests were not employed in Salem. The afflicted girls accused someone and that was the evidence in the trials.

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